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United States airport security could get even slower

New security measures put in place by the TSA could slow down security lines if passengers aren't prepared for the change. (Source: CNBC/Getty Images)
New security measures put in place by the TSA could slow down security lines if passengers aren't prepared for the change. (Source: CNBC/Getty Images)
Over the next few months, the TSA will introduce a new requirement for passengers to remove all electronic items larger than a smartphone from their bag as they go through airport security. This measure is intended to make it easier for TSA agents to examine items that could conceal dangerous substances.

Going through airport security has been a relatively slow process over the last few years, with the need to remove bulky clothing and to fish your laptop out of your bag so that it can go through the scanner separately. The one aspect that saved some time was being able to leave smaller electronics, such as a smartphone, e-reader, or tablet in your bag as it went through the scanner.

However, when your country is a major target for those who wish to perform terrorist activities, it is understandable that security measures would need adjustment over time. Unfortunately for impatient travelers, this means that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will now instruct passengers to remove all electronic items larger than a smartphone from their bags and place these in a separate container to go through the X-ray machine.

Measures like this are already in place in certain airports in hotspot countries such as France. In these locations, the security line can be slowed down by those who weren't expecting to need to remove smaller electronic items, as they are called back by security to empty their bag further while the line waits behind them. It also adds delays as those who carry multiple electronic devices scramble to empty their bag. These new requirements will reportedly be deployed at all United States airports over the next few months.

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Craig Ward, 2017-07-27 (Update: 2017-07-27)
Craig Ward
Craig Ward - News Editor
I grew up in a family surrounded by technology, starting with my father loading up games for me on a Commodore 64, and later on a 486. In the late 90's and early 00's I started learning how to tinker with Windows, while also playing around with Linux distributions, both of which gave me an interest for learning how to make software do what you want it to do, and modifying settings that aren't normally user accessible. After this I started building my own computers, and tearing laptops apart, which gave me an insight into hardware and how it works in a complete system. Now keeping up with the latest in hardware and software news is a passion of mine.